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Rob Spiegel
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posted in October 2011

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CCA-Treated Wood Ate My Bolts
Made by Monkeys 
10/31/2011  16 comments
Wood treated by Chromated Copper Arsenate can severely corrode steel bolts.
The Case of the Getting Out of Hot Water
Sherlock Ohms 
10/28/2011  5 comments
The hot water was a problem in ramping up a pharma manufacturing process. Call on the inner Sherlock Ohms.
Washer/Dryer Washes Out
Made by Monkeys 
10/28/2011  7 comments
The Bosch washer/dryer looks great on the outside, but monkeys live inside.
The Case of the Faulty Spring Clutch
Sherlock Ohms 
10/27/2011  4 comments
This problem with faulty springs revealed the problem with conventional-wisdom solutions.
The Card Swiper Swiped My Patience
Made by Monkeys 
10/26/2011  7 comments
The go-card readers in the Australian train stations are designed to drive you mad.
Gadget Freak Case #197: Controlling Solar Water Flow
Gadget Freak 
10/25/2011  19 comments
To make his solar water heater more efficient, Paul Westaway put together a differential controller that turns on the pump when the temperature of the solar panel or woodstove coils is higher than the temperature in the storage tanks and turns off when the temperature is lower.
High-Speed Snowmobile Does Just One Speed Well
Made by Monkeys 
10/24/2011  19 comments
The 1980 Kawasaki 340 snowmobile loves to race. But that's all it loves.
Steel Fights Back Against Alternative Auto Materials
Green Scene 
10/24/2011  16 comments
The steel industry argues that it is a strong anti-emissions material if you take into account the full lifecycle of a vehicle.
Design News Radio Talks Automation Software
10/24/2011  1 comment
The plant has become a video game. Design News Radio explores developments in automation software.
The Bosch Spark Plugs Cost Me $1,000
Made by Monkeys 
10/20/2011  17 comments
Bosch park plugs cost this Mercedes owner a ton of troubles. It was the monkeys at work again.
The Case of the Shocking Stall
Sherlock Ohms 
10/19/2011  20 comments
When the car started to stall during right turns, Sherlock made a shocking discovery.
National Instruments Adds Vision & Motion Hardware
Product News 
10/19/2011  1 comment
National Instruments has added a reconfigurable vision tools and a motion module for the NI CompactRIO platform.
Congo Mining Abuses Prompting SEC Regulations
Green Scene 
10/17/2011  6 comments
On October 18, the SEC will meet to develop reporting rules for conflict materials.
Who Monkeyed With Australia's 'Camry'?
Made by Monkeys 
10/17/2011  15 comments
The a Toyota Aurion (Australia's version of the Camry) comes with at least 11 monkeys.
Gadget Freak Case #196: Mayan Water Sound Fountain
Gadget Freak 
10/13/2011  8 comments
This waterfall flows over a miniature Mayan temple and the lights respond to the intensity of the speakers.
The Case of the Mismarked Resistor
Sherlock Ohms 
10/12/2011  16 comments
Sometime it's the most ridiculous problem that can mess up a prototype -- a tiny, nearly insignificant part.
Oh, No, the O-Rings Aren’t O
Made by Monkeys 
10/12/2011  18 comments
Cutting corners on an oil filter can save pennies while destroying an engine.
The Case of the Crazy Antenna
Sherlock Ohms 
10/11/2011  8 comments
When radio communications were patchy, it was time to check the antennas.
Ford Revs EcoBoost Engine
Green Scene 
10/10/2011  8 comments
Ford has designed a small engine designed to lower emissions while boosting miles per gallon.
Monkeys Messed Up My Boogie Board
Made by Monkeys 
10/6/2011  13 comments
The Brookstone Boogie Board was not everything W. Wallick expected, especially the battery compartment.
Comment:A very wide U - Rob Spiegel-10/5/2011
The Case of the Stuttering Tape Drive
Sherlock Ohms 
10/5/2011  10 comments
When we moved a tape deck into a different part of our building, we started running into a host of problems with the equipment. Call Sherlock Ohms.
Monkeys Got to the Spark Plugs on My Mustang GT
Made by Monkeys 
10/4/2011  27 comments
Could changing spark plugs be such a big deal? Apparently it is if the monkeys get to it first.
The Case of the Unplugged Orifice
Sherlock Ohms 
10/3/2011  6 comments
The difficulties of an aircraft airflow sensor set up challenges for Sherlock Ohms.

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